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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 12, 2014 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: racks of axes

Guitar players all have preferences for design and tone, Garcia was very persnickey, he wanted certain aspects of stock guitars he liked built into a custom job...the biggest reason I can see to have a rack of guitars is if they are in different tunings, outside of that, there really isn't any need to have a rack of guitars on stage from a practical point of view...when I play out, I have my main guitar and sometimes,if it is a bigger gig, I will bring a backup guitar and it will sit in the case...I am a firm believer that tone comes from the fingertips, listen to the OOOPS Shows from 1981, even on borrowed instruments, they still sounded like themselves...

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 12, 2014 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: racks of axes

Good point about 10-16. I've always wondered if they had any of their equipment- pedals or amps or was the borrowed equipment the same brand? You would never know they weren't using their normal gear.